Long term health conditions support and advice

Long term health conditions local support

Expert Patients Programme

If you're living with a long term health condition this free 6 week
programme can help you manage your condition and to take more control day by day. Each 2 and a half hour session is delivered by 2 trained volunteer tutors who also live with long term health conditions themselves.

Wellbeing and Self Care Service

This service offers 1 to 1 and group support if you've been diagnosed with, or at risk of a long term health condition. It can help you better understand and look after your health. Ask your GP for more information or for a referral.

Stockport Triage, Assessment and Referral Team (START)

Offers free, confidential and local support to help you make healthy living changes if you want to:

  • stop smoking
  • eat a healthier diet and be a healthy weight
  • get more active
  • reduce how much alcohol you drink
  • stop taking drugs
  • feel more confident about making changes

Stockport LifeLeisure

Provides lots of opportunities to help you get more active, including:

  • PARIS: a specialist exercise referral scheme
  • Smile: low impact and gentle exercise if you live with a long term conditions

Stockport Support Hub

Stockport Support Hub brings together a range of support services that can help you live independently and well.

  • Your Support provides one to one support to help you make changes to improve your health and wellbeing and build your confidence

  • Community Support provides support to develop community activities. It can connect you and your family to:

    • community activities
    • groups
    • peer support
    • learning and volunteering opportunities
  • Home Support provides practical support to help you maintain your home environment. It can help you to make adaptations so you can live safely and independently in your own home. A specialist hoarding service is also available

  • Carers Support can support you if you care for someone that would struggle to manage without you because of:

    • illness
    • disability
    • frailty
    • a long-term condition, including mental illness or dementia
    • addiction
  • Transport Support can provide transport if you are struggling to get to appointments and activities or struggling to use public transport.

  • Domestic Abuse Support can support you if you are affected by domestic abuse.

To access support yourself or to make a referral for somebody else:

  • complete the referral form on the Stockport Support Hub website
  • call 0161 474 1042
  • text 07539 468 560 this text opton is for people who are deaf or affected by hearing loss

If you’re not sure what help you need, talk to somebody from the Hub who can guide you to the right support.

Stockport Healthy Minds Service

This service can help you deal with the effects of a long term health condition or chronic pain. They offer support and treatment if you're experiencing:

  • difficulty sleeping
  • low mood or depression
  • stress
  • worry and anxiety


Use this service to help you get the most out of online services by helping you to improve your skills and confidence.

Stockport Local

An online directory where you can find help and support in your area:

  • community groups
  • services
  • events
  • activities
  • volunteering opportunities

Stockport Libraries Reading Well collections

Stockport libraries have 4 Reading well collections:

  1. Reading Well for people with long term conditions
  2. dementia
  3. self-help mental health and wellbeing for young people
  4. Reading Well for mental health

The leaflets and books are available in libraries and there's free access to computers and Wi-Fi for people to access the Reading Agency website.